[e-Review] Weekly digest #100706

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

July 7, 2010   
News media contact:  Tita Parham*     800-282-8011    tparham@flumc.org   Orlando {1187-1193}
Note: This is a digest of articles posted to the e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service website June 21-July 6. Full stories may be read at:
Methodists take their message to the capitol
By Tita Parham | July 6, 2010
TALLAHASSEE — Given Florida’s budget woes and lagging economy, legislators meeting this spring had tough choices to make regarding what areas of the budget would be cut or shored up. Florida Methodists made sure they heard loud and clear what the priorities should be.
full story: http://www.flumc2.org/FCNN/articles/000065/006527.htm
Members challenged to be part of modern-day miracle
By Derek Maul | July 1, 2010
LAKELAND — A child dies of hunger in Guinea, West Africa. Another goes to bed hungry in Florida. Hunger relief advocates speaking at this year’s annual conference event offered Florida United Methodists a glimpse of how they can create a different reality for the world’s children.
full story: http://www.flumc2.org/FCNN/articles/000065/006520.htm
Leaders, members consecrate new conference center
By J.A. Buchholz | June 29, 2010
LAKELAND — The end of the 168th annual conference session marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Florida Conference.
full story: http://www.flumc2.org/FCNN/articles/000065/006519.htm
Bible study leader teaches members to ‘make space’ for God
By Kitty Carpenter | June 28, 2010
LAKELAND — The Rev. Jaunita Rasmus acknowledges that it’s hard for people to listen for God’s word and be ready to do his work amidst the busyness of their lives. But it is possible, she says, thanks to a centuries-old spiritual practice.
full story: http://www.flumc2.org/FCNN/articles/000065/006518.htm
Filmgoers get up-close look at poverty
By J.A. Buchholz | June 25, 2010
LAKELAND — Florida United Methodists screening films a day before this year’s annual business session began weren’t watching the latest summer comedy or action-packed thriller. Instead, they were being educated about an issue that affects billions of people, some right in their own backyards.
full story: http://www.flumc2.org/FCNN/articles/000065/006517.htm
Bishop tells candidates ‘table manners’ matter
By Derek Maul | June 23, 2010
LAKELAND — Florida Conference Bishop Timothy Whitaker gives 44 men and women embarking on the next phase of their ministry journey and the laity and clergy gathered with them a word of instruction about what it means to sit at God’s table.
full story: http://www.flumc2.org/FCNN/articles/000065/006516.htm
Members celebrate ministry, legacy of ‘saints’
By Jenna De Marco | June 22, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin says the legacy of the ‘saints’ is not just a memory. It’s a challenge for the living.
full story: http://www.flumc2.org/FCNN/articles/000065/006514.htm
Global Connection Headlines           
Go to http://www.flumc.info/global_connection.shtml for full stories.
• Haiti volunteers already looking to 2012
• Volunteer teams aid in Haiti recovery
• Claremont’s religious diversity: Church affirms multi-faith project
• Looking in the mirror for fuel gluttony
• COMMENTARY: Living the ‘Big Ten’ as a common code
• Growth in Africa outpaces decline in U.S.
• Pastor revives young adult group
• COMMENTARY: Count effectiveness by numbers
• Waiting and praying: Oil spill prompts church response
• U.S. reports ‘serious problem’ with trafficking
• Church settles dispute over homeless ministry
• General Conference 2012 theme, logo selected
• COMMENTARY: Practicing generosity amid today’s incivility
• Chaplain sets sights on winning Afghanistan
• GEN-X RISING: On restructuring the church: a less-complex path forward
• The connection: End of life or new creation?
• Pension initiative hits $20 million goal
• Changing mission field: ‘Global South’ missionaries extend their reach
Congregational Excellence (formerly Congregational Transformation)
  Five easy ways to hold meetings that frustrate everyone | July 4, 2010
  From me to mission | June 28, 2010
full story: http://www.flumc2.org/ctblog.asp
Angola Mission Blog
  Almost at the finish line, a dream comes true | June 25, 2010
full story: http://www.flumc2.org/angola_blog.asp
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